Hempstead Town votes for personnel moves, approves union changes


Outgoing Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino presided Tuesday over sweeping changes to the town’s union labor contract and ushered in 192 personnel moves during his final meeting as the head of the town board.

Supervisor-elect Laura Gillen vowed to undo the measures when she takes office next month.

“The board voted to protect their friends and ignore the taxpayers,” she said after meeting.

Members of the audience appeared to be split between the two supervisors’ camps, with applause and standing ovations for both. At other times, residents wearing party hats booed Santino and blew into noisemakers to celebrate the end of his tenure.

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